The sixth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) will be held on Kozhikode Beach from January 20-23. The theme of the festival is “Gather”.
The fifth edition of KLF was held in February 2020, while the 2021 edition was dropped due to the pandemic. There were rumors that the next edition would be held in a hybrid format incorporating both online and offline sessions. However, the first meeting of the organizing committee held here on Sunday decided to keep it completely offline. However, the situation may change and some sessions may be put online if the pandemic situation worsens, said AK Abdul Hakeem, general organizer of the event.
As in previous editions, the poet K. Sachidanandan is the director of the festival this time too. Former MP A. Pradeep Kumar is the chair of the organizing committee, while Ravi DC is the main facilitator.
In the meantime, the target country and state for this edition has not been decided. Mr Hakeem said it was unlikely under current conditions to bring enough delegates from a country to the festival.
Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath will be the keynote guest at the opening session on January 20 and will be the keynote speaker. Renowned writer Jeffrey Archer will participate virtually in the session. Other distinguished speakers will be announced shortly.
PA Tourism Minister Mohamed Riyas unveiled the festival’s theme on Sunday, while MPP Thottathil Raveendran inaugurated the registration process. Mayor Beena Philip and Deputy Mayor CP Musafir Ahamed were present on the occasion.